Burning calories is a simple yet abstract concept that few people understand precisely. In its most literal sense, it means to expend more calories than you consume to lose weight. But is that the only way it’s used?

Exercises to burn more calories

1. Weight lifting

Besides being an effective way to improve your physique and strength, doing weightlifting can burn more than 500 calories per hour. A pound of fat contains 3500 calories so 1 hour at the gym can do half the work to lose a pound. But be careful, if you do too much exercising in a day you will just end up consuming what you have burnt. You’d be better off building up your efforts over a few days or even weeks instead of wasting it all in one day.

2. Running

Running is a very effective way to burn calories too. But then again so are many other activities that can be done in a shorter time interval. Just to put it into perspective: 1 hour of running can burn about 500 calories for an average male weighing 75kg. That’s equivalent to 2 hours of snoozing. It will take you far less time to lose weight with running than it takes to sleep, so you won’t have any excuse not to try it out.

3. Walking

Walking is something that you could do almost anywhere and anytime. It’s not only an effective way to burn calories but also your daily dose of cardio exercise. If walking is done for at least 30 minutes every day then it’s a great way to build up a healthy lifestyle. You can do it while listening to the radio or talking on your phone even. All the while burning some calories and listening to the radio at the same time.

4. Swimming

If you have no access to a gym or don’t want to go to one, swimming is an easy alternative as well for burning calories in your spare time. It’s a great way to keep yourself fit as well as build some muscle tone. Can’t afford a pool membership? Just dip in the local neighborhood pool instead.


All of these activities can be done anywhere and anytime to burn calories and maintain your good health and figure. You have no excuse not to take part in any of them with no equipment or gym membership required. And the best part is- you won’t be slowing down in your weight loss efforts either.

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